HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A HARD TIME
Because life can be difficult, I have done a study on resiliency- the ability to bounce back when life deals you a blow. I am sending a story below that I pray will bless and help you.
When trouble comes, don’t judge the situation. Don’t say, “This is the worst thing that has ever happened” or “I’ll never get over this” or “My life is ruined.” If you do this, you will be discouraged, programming yourself for a bad ending. Instead, allow the process to unfold and watch for God’s gifts.
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There was an old farmer who had wanted all his life to give his only son a horse. He was a poor man, so it took years for him to save enough money to buy the horse. One day, when his son arrived home, his father proudly presented him with the horse. As he watched his son excitedly mount the horse and gallop down the road, the old farmer smiled and said, “It has been worth it all. This was the best day of my life. It is a good thing that I bought my son a horse.” A month later, the horse threw the old farmer’s son. The son’s leg was badly broken. Then the old farmer sadly shook his head and said, “It is a bad thing that I bought my son a horse. The horse threw my son. Now his leg is broken. This is the worst day of my life!”
The following week, the army came to take the son to war. Of course, the son could not go because he had a badly broken leg. As the army rode away,
the old farmer cried in relief, saying, “This is the best day of my life! It is a good thing that I bought my son a horse. The horse threw my son and now his leg is broken. Now he will not have to go to war!”
That is the way life is. Something happens. It may look really bad. Stay open. Don’t judge the outcome. You will only create fear and discourage yourself. Look to the end with faith-filled eyes and watch for ways that God will use it to bring good to you.
God promises that He will cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him. He loves every one of us! As soon as a hard things comes, let’s start looking for treasures. We will likely not see the outcome, but we will find treasures along the way.
Lynda D. Elliott